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  • Locations: Venice, Italy
  • Program Terms: Spring
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2023 10/15/2022 10/15/2022 TBA TBA
Program Description:


Discover contemporary art and the Venice Biennale at Casa Artom

Venice, a historical artistic and cultural jewel, also offers unsurpassed opportunity to study contemporary art.  Every two years the Venice Biennale presents the leading exhibition of global, contemporary art. May 2022 opens the 59th Venice Biennale and WFU students have a unique opportunity to be immersed in this exhibition. During the Biennale, curators, critics, art historians, collectors, gallerists, and the public, concentrate on the Biennale exhibitions.  Wake Forest students, through the Biennale seminar, will have an unequaled opportunity to review global contemporary artistic and curatorial practice at the Venice Biennale. Who are the leading artists? Why are they chosen to represent their countries? What are the issues their artworks represent? What is the role of curator? How do exhibition and curatorial decisions impact the reception of the art? What is value(d)? These are some of the question we will explore. 

 
Casa Artom
Overview
Venice, a historical artistic and cultural jewel, also offers unsurpassed opportunity to study contemporary art.  Every two years the Venice Biennale presents the leading exhibition of global, contemporary art. May 2022 opens the 59th Venice Biennale and WFU students have a unique opportunity to be immersed in this exhibition. During the Biennale, curators, critics, art historians, collectors, gallerists, and the public, concentrate on the Biennale exhibitions.  Wake Forest students, through the Biennale seminar, will have an unequaled opportunity to review global contemporary artistic and curatorial practice at the Venice Biennale. Who are the leading artists? Why are they chosen to represent their countries? What are the issues their artworks represent? What is the role of curator? How do exhibition and curatorial decisions impact the reception of the art? What is value(d)? These are some of the question we will explore.

This course ART 199 (3hr) fulfills Divisional, Major or Minor credit, and will meet for the second half of the Spring 2022 semester on campus as a regular seminar, followed by two immersive weeks (May 2022) on site at Casa Artom in Venice. The selection process requires an interview and permission of instructor. Interested students should email program director, David Finn. Please put in subject line “Venice.” 

For a glimpse into the Biennale experience, watch the video below.



 
Location Surrounded by water, Venice is an enchanting city built on 117 small islands. Its magnificent sights are best seen by walking along the narrow streets, crossing the many canals, and meandering through the piazzas. The Piazza di San Marco, Palazzo Ducale, and the Rialto bridge are three among numerous sites that make Venice an unforgettable city. In addition, Wake Forest students may conveniently explore other parts of Italy including Rome, Florence, Pompeii, and Sicily.

In 1971, the University, with the assistance of Graham Martin, Ambassador to Italy and Wake Forest alumnus, leased the building that formerly housed the American Consulate. In 1974, the building was purchased by Wake Forest and named Casa Artom in honor of Dr. Camillo Artom, a professor at the Baptist Medical Center until 1969. His wife, Bianca Ara Artom, taught Italian at Wake Forest for many years and served as the director of Casa Artom during the summers until her death in 1994.

Casa Artom is a magnificent two-story building facing the Grand Canal. It is flanked by the Palazzo Venier dei Leoni, which houses the Peggy Guggenheim art collection, and the magnificent 15th century home Ca'Dario.

Click the following link for pictures of Casa Artom: Casa Artom Photographs.
Academics Venice, a historical artistic and cultural jewel, also offers unsurpassed opportunity to study contemporary art.  Every two years the Venice Biennale presents the leading exhibition of global, contemporary art. May 2022 opens the 59th Venice Biennale and WFU students have a unique opportunity to be immersed in this exhibition. During the Biennale, curators, critics, art historians, collectors, gallerists, and the public, concentrate on the Biennale exhibitions.  Wake Forest students, through the Biennale seminar, will have an unequaled opportunity to review global contemporary artistic and curatorial practice at the Venice Biennale. Who are the leading artists? Why are they chosen to represent their countries? What are the issues their artworks represent? What is the role of curator? How do exhibition and curatorial decisions impact the reception of the art? What is value(d)? These are some of the question we will explore.

This course ART 199 (3hr) fulfills Divisional, Major or Minor credit, and will meet for the second half of the spring 2022 semester on campus as a regular seminar, followed by two immersive weeks ( During May 2022) on site at Casa Artom in Venice.

The selection process requires an interview and permission of instructor. Interested students should email program director, David Finn finndt@wfu.edu. Please put in subject line “Venice.”  

***PRIORITY DEADLINE: April 12th. ***
Interviews will start April 12th, 2021.
Priority interviews given after the entire application is filled out!
Rolling admission, so apply early!
You must submit the "General Application for WFU Program" questionnaire in your application before an admission interview will be granted. 
Faculty Dr. David Finn
Professor and Chair, Department of Art
Art Room 5, SFAC
E-mail: finndt@wfu.edu
Accommodation Casa Artom can accommodate twenty students. The house has bedrooms, a library, classrooms, a dining room, a living room, two kitchens, a patio, and an open courtyard. Modern kitchen facilities are available, and students often prefer to cook their meals together in the house. The house is wired for Internet access and students should bring their laptop computers. The Resident Professor has a suite upstairs consisting of two bedrooms and a bath. Washers and dryers are available in the laundry room.

Click the following link for pictures of Casa Artom: Casa Artom Photographs.
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Selection The Resident Professor is responsible for the selection of each group based on the following criteria:
  • Academic suitability
  • Social and emotional maturity
  • Classification (students graduating SP22 are not eligible due to conflicts with graduation)
  • Seriousness of the student in pursuing the academic and cultural aims of the program
  • Applicability of the program to the student's interests and studies
  • Majors in all disciplines are eligible and encouraged to apply.
***PRIORITY DEADLINE: April 12th. ***
Interviews will start April 12th, 2021.
Priority interviews given after the entire application is filled out!
Rolling admission, so apply early!
You must submit the "General Application for WFU Program" questionnaire in your application before an admission interview will be granted. 
Costs The program fee for 2019 was $1,600. Expect an increase for 2022, exact fee TBD. Students are also responsible for international airfare, meals and personal expenses.   
Scholarships Students may apply for scholarships through the Center for Global Programs and Studies.
Contact
Dr. David Finn
Professor and Chair, Department of Art
Art Room 5, SFAC
E-mail: finndt@wfu.edu

Dr. Page Laughlin
Professor of Art
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E-mail: laugh@wfu.edu

Dr. Alessandra Von Burg
Program Director of Casa Artom and Associate Professor of Communication
E-mail: beaslea@wfu.edu

Sean McGlynn
Study Abroad Advisor
Center for Global Programs and Studies
116 Reynolda Hall
Phone: (336) 758 3194
E-mail: mcglynsd@wfu.edu

House Address:
Casa Artom
Dorsoduro 699
San Gregorio
30123 Venice, Italy
Phone: 011-39-041-522-2709
Fax: 011-39-041-522-0277
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